Safari Plains Experiences

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The varied habitats on the Greater Mabula Game Reserve provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five. Other wildlife includes the nocturnal brown hyena, jackal, cheetah and a variety of smaller, less often seen predators. Our savannah plains further sustain iconic species such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, red hartebeest, eland, gemsbok, warthog and giraffe. With the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and whiny – more than 300 species of birds, 60 species of mammals, countless species of insects, reptiles and plants, the Greater Mabula Game Reserve offers an exciting destination for even the most decerned traveller.

Guests are invited to join our qualified guides on two-game drive safaris per day; one during the early morning, when the 12,000 hectares Greater Mabula Game Reserve is bathed in the glorious morning sunlight, and one of the late afternoon when, after watching the game, the setting sun heralds the delightful and imminent stop for sundowners. Each game drive is conducted in open luxury Land Cruisers and provides a unique opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural habitat and learn more about their behaviour, and role in the eco-system.

The Waterberg environment is seasonal, and the landscape changes dramatically both after and prior, to rain. The deep green thickets and lush grasslands, replenished by summer rains, dramatically transform our bushveld into the greys, yellows and browns at the onset of autumn and winter.

Observing a large herd of impala and zebra feeding on the plains is an iconic African experience. As is the sight of a herd of elephants, traipsing across the open grasslands or crashing through thick bush to feed off the trees. Stop along one of the dams to search for hippopotamuses and crocodiles, seemingly floating just below the water surface, or search for one of Africa’s most elegant spotted big cats; the cheetah.

Our resident lion pride may be lazing under an African thorn tree or on the move in the late afternoon light. Bask in the excitement of coming across our magnificent Kalahari males with their black manes, or the coalition of powerful females.

Each safari drive is different and will reveal nature at her own pace and discretion.

  • 300 bird species
  • 60 mammals
  • Big Five
  • Numerous plants, reptiles and insect species
  • Qualified Guides conduct open vehicle safari in luxury land cruisers across the 12 000 hectares private reserve
Winter Safari Times: Apr-Sep Summer Safari Times: Oct-Mar
06h30 Morning safari departs 05h30 Morning safari departs
09h00 – 09h30 Morning safari returns 08h00 Morning safari return
15h30 Afternoon safari departs 16h30 Afternoon safari departs
18h15 Afternoon safari returns 19h00 Afternoon safari returns


Come, join us on an exciting walk through the African bush on foot, departing from the Safari Plains Lodge to with your armed guide.

Few experiences are as thrilling as to meet nature up and close by walking through the bush on foot. The intimacy of coming across smaller animals and the fascinating introduction to many plant and tree species provides the perfect opportunity to gain a deeper insight into less familiar animal species. Learn more about the Waterberg’s biodiversity and stop to watch and listen to the countless species of birds. Guides are specifically qualified to undertake walking safaris and are well equipped to ensure the safety of our guests.

Please ensure that you are wearing comfortable walking shoes and natural/khaki coloured clothing to blend in with the natural environment. Bright colours are not permitted.

  • Departure time: 05h30 (summer) – 06h30 (winter)
  • Minimum Guests: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Age restrictions: Not permitted below the age of 16 years.

This activity can be booked at the reception at an additional charge.


Going out on horseback safaris offers an entirely different perspective to classic wildlife viewing. Feel the freedom of being one with nature by riding through the bush and benefitting from the advanced height and mobility that comes from being mounted on horseback.

Our qualified and vastly experienced guides will take guests through the necessary safety precautions prior to the excursion. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended.

  • Departure Times Summer: 06h00 – 09h00 | 16h00
  • Departure Times Winter: 07h00 – 10h00 | 15h00
  • Length of the trail: 2 hours (1.5 hour on the trail, and 30 minutes for safety and preparations)
  • Age restrictions: Not permitted below the age of 5 years.

This activity may be booked at reception at an additional charge.


Another unusual and adventurous way to explore the Greater Mabula Game Reserve is by quad bike.

We welcome guests to partake in our exciting quad bike trails. With the emphasis emphatically on safety, our qualified guides will ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. Safaris are undertaken on 250cc Suzuki quad bikes that can be operated in either manual or automatic gear.

  • Departure Times Summer: 07h00, 10h00, 15h00 and 17h00
  • Departure Times Winter: 08h00, 11h00, 14h00 and 16h00
  • Frequency: 1.5 hours (1 hour on the trail, and a half an hour for induction), daily
  • Age restrictions: Below 5 years not permitted

This activity may be booked at the reception at an additional charge.


Guests wishing to participate in hot air ballooning are invited to meet the pilot and two members of the balloon crew at the lodge the evening prior to the flight, during which time they will be briefed about the following morning’s balloon safari. 

The flight departs at 06h00 at a specific location on the reserve, depending on flight direction and meteorological conditions of the day, and will last approximately one hour. After your flight, you will be met by one of our guides, who will transfer you back to the lodge in time for breakfast.

The Hot Air Balloon Safari is inclusive of your flight, complimentary Champagne which is served during the flight and a certificate for “bravery”.

This activity may be booked at the reception at an additional charge.


There is nothing more relaxing than indulging in one of our spa treatments under the skilful hands of our therapists.

At Safari Plains we are dedicated to providing you with a truly relaxing experience through treatments that will leave you feeling pampered and completely revitalised.

Please see our Spa brochure some of the treatments we have on offer.



Safari Plains is aware of our guests’ requirement to stick to their exercise regimes whilst travelling. We have therefore curated a fun “Gym Bag” for in-room use at our lodge, please click here for further information.


The ideal venue to host your next meeting.

If you are currently planning a conference, then the Safari Plains conference centre offers a unique opportunity to impress your conference attendees with a most adventurous setting that boasts all the facilities of an exclusive and memorable getaway. Our conference facility is perfect for groups of up to 60 delegates, with exclusivity, luxury and a natural setting as its most fundamental aspect.

Pair your conference with a wide array of exciting activities in the bush to create a truly remarkable event. Surrounded by the Waterberg’s spectacular natural environment, and its elegant and comfortable facilities, Safari Plains is the ideal conferencing facility with the option to provide exclusivity of the lodge and reserve.

Total Numbers:
Classroom 40
Theatre 60
Herringbone 48
U-Shape 26
Boardroom 16
Hollow Square 32


During your stay at Safari Plains, you can look forward to your taste buds being teased and tantalize by our unexcelled culinary delights, here cuisine is more than just a meal – it’s an indulgence where our unique seasonally inspired menus are hearty, scrumptious and deliciously different.

As we place such an emphasis on the individual needs of our guests each meal is carefully conceptualised taking into account the time of day, weather, dining setting and season. This personalised service covers a range of dietary requirements including vegetarian and halal. The staff’s emphasis is always on preparing dishes with the freshest ingredients and unique flavours brought together in a traditional South African way. The dishes range from South African braais (barbeques) by a roaring fire set under the stars to African mezze platters by the poolside and a la carte dinners in the restaurant.

Our friendly and attentive waiters are on hand to explain the menu or advise you on our selection of fine South African and international wines.

  • Breakfast, lunch, high tea, game drive snacks and dinner are included in your stay.
  • Special children’s menus and meal times are available.


Idyllic and tranquil, Safari Plains provides the most romantic bushveld venue for your wedding.

We are able to offer a wide range of arrangements, which can be luxuriously glamorous or understated depending on your personal preference. The lodge may be exclusively booked for your wedding to ensure that our entire team can devote their time and location to create the most memorable and exciting experience for you and your guests on your special day. Facilities at the lodge can accommodate up to 60 guests. The actual ceremony can take place on our spectacular wooden deck at the main lodge, which offers magnificent vistas over the surrounding savannah plains, or weather permitting, in the untamed bush itself, followed by a luxurious reception in the lodge’s impressive dining room. Please do not hesitate to chat with our team regarding availability and assistance with arrangements.

For more information contact us on +27 (0) 11 516 4367 or email res@extraordinary.co.za

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